Letter by McGowan Regarding Article, “Quality of Acute Care and Long-Term Quality of Life and Survival: The Australian Stroke Clinical Registry”
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To the Editor:
I am writing to applaud the recently published article by Cadilhac et al,1 who investigated the impact of best practice–recommended interventions on patient outcomes after stroke. The study showed that patients who received best practice–recommended hospital care have improved long-term survival and health-related quality of life.
It showed survival and quality of life for stroke patients improved with each additional quality indicator received. Clinically meaningful differences in overall health-related quality of life were noted,2 related to acute stroke unit access, and there was a 40% to 60% lesser hazard of death within 180 days.
The work emphasizes the need for efforts to reduce gaps in hospital care to ensure a greater likelihood of …